BOISE, Idaho – Boise State’s defense looked impressive in the Broncos’ first football scrimmage of the spring holding the Bronco offense to just two field goals on Friday at Bronco Stadium.Freshman safety Jason Robinson scored the only touchdown of the scrimmage returning a fumble 37 yards. The defense also had four sacks, 1.5 by both Mike T. Williams and Ian Smart and 0.5 by Dallas Dobbs and Ryan Winterswyk.
In the battle for the starting quarterback job, junior Bush Hamdan and freshman Michael Coughlin were impressive.Hamdan completed 8-of-11 passes for 98 yards. He led the Broncos on a drive that resulted in a field goal. Hamdan hit Jeremy Childs (four catches for 48 yards) for 34 yards on that drive to set up the field goal.
Coughlin, who redshirted last season, connected on 8-of-12 passes for 90 yards. He led the offense to the one-yard line, but the Bronco defense held on fourth-and-one to keep the Bronco offense out of the end zone.Senior Taylor Tharp completed 4-of-13 passes for 42 yards, while sophomore Nick Lomax went 6-of-14 for 41 yards with an interception.
Freshman running backs Jeremy Avery and Stew Tracy got a bulk of the carries while Ian Johnson sat out the scrimmage. Avery busted a long 63-yard run and was chased out of bounds by Rashaun Scott inside the 15. Avery finished with 80 yards on 11 carries.Tracy had 36 yards on 12 carries, while also catching two passes for 26 yards. Junior Toshi Franklin led all receivers with six catches for 56 yards. Avery also had four catches for 18 yards, while freshman tight end Tommy Gallarda caught three balls for 35 yards.